Federal prosecutors reported that a 26-year-old man was recently detained on new charges while he was on bail for similar charges to which he pleaded guilty in March. He faces money laundering and wire fraud charges for running a fake ticket scheme. One of the complaints involves two people who allege they flew to New York from Florida to attend the 2018 Grammy Awards. However, despite their tickets for which they paid $700 each, they were denied entry when they arrived at the venue.
The prosecutors say the man pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges that involve approximately $26 million for defrauding ticket vendors and investors in the Fyre Festival — reported to be a disastrous affair held on a Caribbean island. Authorities say they recently determined that the accused man continued his alleged fraudulent activities while he was out on bail. The latest charges reportedly refer to the defrauding of about 15 individuals to the amount of approximately $100,000.
According to the prosecution, the man claimed to represent a company that offered tickets for sale to exclusive events such as SuperBowl LII, the Met Gala and more. However, those who purchased the tickets never received what was advertised, or they were not provided with the tickets for which they paid. It is further alleged that the accused man tried to conceal involvement by depositing the money he received into an account that he opened using the name of somebody else.
Anyone in Florida who is in a similar situation of facing charges of wire fraud or other white collar crimes may have questions about their defense options. An experienced criminal defense attorney can provide the answers. A lawyer can assess the charges and the evidence to determine possible strategies and ascertain which aspects must be addressed to build a strong and effective defense.